She’s Bringing a Traditional Vibe Into a Contemporary Scene, LA’s Destinie Lynn With “Warm Sugar”

Destinie Lynn is a multi-talented and diverse singer-songwriter from the City of Angels, Los Angeles. Destinie Lynn released her single titled “Warm Sugar” which begins with a soft melodic acoustic guitar that correlates well with Destinie’s poignant voice that’s rich in texture. Destinie Lynn’s voice is classic. It reminds me of a lot of the early 50s with her vintage style and texturized tone. I sensed a lot of blues elements in the instrumentation. Destinie's music works within the American roots tradition, or what she affectionately refers to as "porch music" taking influences from the Delta Blues, Indie Folk, and Americana. “Warm Sugar” fuses together elemental genres of not only Blues but Jazz as well. The way she delivers her voice in “Warm Sugar” felt so smooth that it seemed almost effortless. Destinie Lynn’s “Warm Sugar” is the kind of song you can catch a “feel good” vibe from. It’s traditional, simple, yet highly exquisite. Destinie writes soulful, often haunting songs that dive fearlessly into love, loss, and mortality; songs that highlight the daily struggles of the soul. You can listen to the grainy but colorful “Warm Sugar” here.

Hey Destinie Lynn, Welcome to Buzzmusic! Tell us a little bit about your upbringing. How was it growing up in the Los Angeles scene?

Thank you for having me! I was born in LA to a large extended family and spent my early childhood here before my family relocated to the Inland Empire, so I didn’t actually get a chance to grow up in the LA scene. I just recently moved back after spending the past 8 years in San Diego. In the back of my mind I always knew I’d end up back in LA at some point to be near the music scene. It’s funny because I was super focused on academics growing up, but something in me knew that music would end up being my life. I’ve heard other musicians say that if you can be happy doing anything else besides music, you should do that instead. I heeded that advice for a long time and really tried to be happy doing other things but it always ended up coming back to the music; it’s my life source and I’ve fully embraced that now.

What initially influenced your unique traditional sound and style of music? 

American roots music has always felt like home for me. Growing up my grandfather always played old blues records in the garage before work and on the weekends and I fell in love with that sound at a really early age. I was lucky enough to be exposed to a variety of good music early on, but when I’m creating I always ask myself “What does this feeling/experience sound like translated into music?” For me that sound is usually tied in some way to traditional roots music whether it’s taking influences from blues, folk, gospel, country, or Americana, it’s all branches of the same tree.

How would you describe your songwriting approach to “Warm Sugar”? The lyrics seem to be highly poetic. 

The lyrics are kind of poetic and I think it’s because the song is meant to be very sensory and not necessarily literal. For me there’s more freedom in writing when I’m not trying to be strictly narrative. The listener can kind of read between the lines and interpret the lyrics in a way that makes sense/feels good to them. Warm Sugar took a couple of weeks to nail down because I was trying to encapsulate a time in my life when on one hand, I had just shifted my entire life focus, I was broke, and I was out in the real world on my own, but on the other hand I was free to pursue my life’s passion and it was really difficult to try to convey what that felt like. I’m a sugar fiend so I associate sugar and sweets with all things wonderful, and when I asked myself what that time felt like “warm sugar” just felt spot on, so I built the song around that idea.

What were some obstacles you had to overcome when creating “Warm Sugar”?

I think my biggest obstacle in creating "Warm Sugar" was putting the lyrical puzzle pieces together in a way that felt like it created a complete picture. It also took me a while to be ok with the fact that the lyrics were a little abstract. It’s a 1, 4, 5 blues so I didn’t even really have to think about the composition, but lyrically it wasn’t straight forward story telling and it took me a while to be ok with that. It’s a really simple song structurally even in terms of the instrumentation, just guitar and harmonica. All the complexity is in the lyrics.

What’s next for you Destinie Lynn?

I’ll be releasing an EP this winter called “The Devil and The Deep Sea” which I’m super excited about. I’m a sucker for sad but beautiful moody songs, and the EP will feature a lot of that. I’m looking forward to releasing and promoting that and hopefully performing at a venue near you!